This past weekend saw the Belfield campus play host to the final tournament of the Irish Lacrosse
League, culminating with the last four men’s league games, playoffs for the inaugural Newtownards
Cup, and the women’s game between rivals, UCD Lacrosse and Dublin Lacrosse. Congratulations to
UCD Lacrosse who captured back-to-back ILL titles and will now represent Ireland Lacrosse in the
European Club Lacrosse Championships 2011.
Opening the weekend were the UCD and Dublin Lacrosse women’s teams, who provided an exciting
game on Friday night. One or two goals separated the teams until the final 10 minutes of the
game, when Dublin LC pulled away to a 12-9 victory. On Saturday, the Irish Women’s Development
team held a successful training camp with coach, Julie Clarke, in advance of the upcoming April
tournaments (Stockport 8s, Manchester; Home Internationals, Cardiff).
On Saturday, the Roebuck Castle field saw the ILL men’s tournament come down to the wire. A last
minute goal by Dexter Blanc earned UCD a bonus point in their 5-3 loss to Dublin Lacrosse and a
strong second half performance from NUI Galway saw them draw 3-3 with the Dublin Bay Prawns.
This resulted in UCD hanging onto their slender lead on the top of the ILL table, 2 points ahead of the
Coming soon – A Season in Review… Watch for it!
[standings league_id=1 mode=compact]
Full League Stats – http://www.irelandlacrosse.ie/home/?page_id=452
In the first ever Newtownards cup final, it was also a new team in the ILL that took the honours.
John O’Connor scored to help the Dublin Bay Prawns to a 2-1 success over Dublin LC. NUI Galway
impressed once again with a 5-1 victory over Queens University to take third place in the cup.
Throughout the day, impressive performances were seen by James Agar (Galway; impressive
performance in goal vs. Prawns), Simon Vit (Dublin; 3 goals vs. UCD) and Martin “Bonagee” Scanlon
(Prawns; 3 goals vs Dublin).
Ireland Lacrosse followers were treated to an exciting season of lacrosse throughout 2010-11.
Tournaments were hosted in 4 different cities, across the four provinces of Ireland, whilst players
competed from 7 different member clubs. But if you’re worried about losing out on your lacrosse fix
over the summer, never fear!
Ireland Lacrosse will keep you updated on all our events: Dublinfest,
WILC 2011, ILL Allstar summer tours, as well as the Ireland Lacrosse AGM, Ball and ILL Presentations
in early June…. just to mention a few!